Worsham, Israel (1820–1882)

By: Ella K. Daggett Stumpf

Type: Biography

Published: 1976

Updated: April 4, 2019

Israel Worsham, early settler and legislator, was born in 1820, the son of Jeremiah and Catherine (Landrum) Worsham, who moved from Alabama to Texas, crossing the Sabine River on December 31, 1829, to settle in Stephen F. Austin's colony, where they received headright grant number five (a league and a labor of land). Worsham received land certificate number thirty-five, 320 acres in Montgomery County, on March 27, 1839, from the Republic of Texas. In the fall of 1842 he volunteered for service in the Somervell expedition and served as a captain in that punitive campaign. He represented Montgomery County in the House of Representatives of the Sixth Texas Legislature (1855–56); he was again elected to that body, representing Montgomery, Grimes, and Brazos counties in the Eleventh Texas Legislature (1866). During the Civil War Worsham was a member of the home guard and was appointed a major, commanding the Montgomery County companies. He supplied the Confederate Army with slaves to drive wagons of provisions from his plantation, for which he was never reimbursed "for want of funds." In 1867 Worsham wrote the description of Montgomery County for the Texas Almanac. He was a member of a Masonic lodge (number twenty-five), the Council of Labourers (a secret organization similar to that of the Grange), and the Texas Veterans Association. He donated land for railroad right-of-way, was active in affairs of the Methodist church, and served as an election judge. He was married to Emily Womack; they had four daughters and one son. Worsham died in 1882 and was buried in the family cemetery on his plantation in Montgomery County on the old Post Road to Houston.

Frederick Charles Chabot, Texas Letters (Yanaguana Society Publications 5, San Antonio, 1940). Vertical Files, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Ella K. Daggett Stumpf, “Worsham, Israel,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 06, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/worsham-israel.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

April 4, 2019